Dr. Craig Hill, a professor of Supply Chain Management in the College of Business at Clayton State University since 2009, has been named to the Charles Schmidlapp Conklin Endowed Chair of Supply Chain Management.
Supply Chain Management has been a part of the University’s undergraduate offerings since 2001, when Dr. George H. Messer, Jr., was named as the first holder of the Charles Schmidlapp Conklin Chair/Eminent Scholar in Logistics/Supply Chain Management. Dr. James Keebler was the second holder of the Conklin Chair, until his retirement last academic year. The Conklin Chair is supported in part by the Charles Schmidlapp Conklin Trust and the Georgia Eminent Scholars Program. The Conklin Trust was formed in 1985 in memory of Charles Schmidlapp Conklin by his wife, Margaret B. Conklin, and his son, then-Clayton State University Foundation Trustee Charles S. "Chuck" Conklin, II.
“We are grateful to the Conklin family for this endowed professorship,” says Dr. Avinandan Mukherjee, dean of the College of Business. “It is particularly gratifying that this endowment recognizes the numerous achievements of our unique program in this important high-demand career.
“Dr. Craig Hill has numerous publications and sits on the editorial boards of top journals such as Journal of Operations Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and the International Journal of Integrated Supply Management. His passion for experiential education and student mentoring is second to none. I am confident that Dr. Hill's new role as the Conklin Chair will inspire an exciting period of growth and development of new initiatives in the Supply Chain Management program within the College of Business.”
A native of Lennox, S.D., Hill majored in agricultural business at South Dakota State University and went to work in the food processing industry in Nebraska and Wisconsin.
He nurtured his interest in analyzing and improving systems by earning an MBA in operations management at the University of Minnesota, and then working in a managerial role with Oscar Mayer, and as a management consultant with Prime Management Resources.
He eventually took his interest in improving processes in manufacturing to a more global level by earning a doctorate in operations management at Vanderbilt University and becoming a college professor. Before coming to Clayton State in 2009, Hill, who says he is happy and proud to receive and hold the Conklin Chair, taught at Belmont University, the University of Evansville, and Georgia State University. Among his other Clayton State accomplishments, he earned the Outstanding Faculty Award for the College of Business in 2011.